Wine & Baseball

Growing up in San Francisco, I remember going to The Stick as a kid with my dad and watching Willie Mays round the bases and make the impossible look routine in centerfield. It was really a time of bonding with my old man. My brother and I would have a soda while my dad opted for the Cribari Red...I believe it was the "house wine" at Candlestick Park. For my dad, I'm sure it was to help ward off the freezing cold of a summer's evening at The Stick. Fast forward 30 odd years and I am watching Barry hitting his 660th home run at AT&T Park with my daughters, (they had the soda, IFrank McCormick at AT&T Park in San Francisco - Click to enlarge! alas had opted for the Anchor's a little warmer at AT&T) and I know they'll be visiting the park one day with their kids in tow. It would be safe to say we had a baseball culture, make that a Giants baseball culture around our house.

Looking back on it, it reminds me of how certain things in life cross generations, baseball is one of those things...and so is this amazing beverage called wine.

As Director of Retail Sales & Hospitality here at DCV, on occasion I get the opportunity to pour wine at events outside the winery. A couple of weeks back we were invited to pour at a Wine 2.0 event at Google. While pouring wine I had 3 or 4 conversations with people who told me that their parents were Dry Creek Vineyard fans. Since DCV was founded in 1972 this should not be too shocking. These were 20-somethings, I suppose the correct term would be Millennials, (that ever elusive group that everyone wants to market to) and they were talking about the wine culture they grew up in and how their parents influenced their appreciation of wine. This is a dramatic shift from when I grew up in the 70s when Mateus and Blue Nun were considered to be au currant, and for special occasions there was this French stuff called Pouilly-Fuisse. 

After a fun afternoon of meeting new people I think back to the conversations, while most of it centered around wine, there was this continuing theme playing in the background about family. It's what makes wine unique. I mean if you're grilling steaks at a family gathering, you're apt to comment how great the steak is, but when it comes to the wine, well it can be like baseball....a very long and spirited conversation.

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Bill Smart said:
October 1, 2009 8:57 AM

Hey buddy - great picture and post. Wine and baseball are truly a match made in heaven!

Buy Wine Online said:
October 8, 2009 2:41 PM

Yes, great pic. Also any discussion can come up over a glass of wine. And nothing goes better than wine and baseball


Go Seattle.... Yeah they are no good, but I still love them

ClickHereForTheBestWineReviewSite said:
October 20, 2009 5:12 PM

In all my years of enjoying wine and baseball could I have missed out on this?!

Thank you for the inspiration!!

Davis Clay said:
October 21, 2009 10:55 AM

A great review on wine. Loved the way you write. In addition, I would like to share a beautiful breed of cigars with you. They are called Cohiba Cigars.
Thank you so much!
I am definitely going to bookmark your website!

Anthony K. Author Profile Page said:
December 11, 2009 10:39 AM

Awesome review on wine. I really like your style of writing. Have you ever tried any St. James Winery (MO) wines? It's from my local winery and they have been around almost the exact same amount of time as DCV. Great wine, my favorite is Friendship School Red.

JohnLopresti Author Profile Page said:
January 15, 2010 10:29 AM

Reading your comment about your dad's liking Cribari red, reminds me of the character that wine traditionally had, in the era when far southeastern Santa Clara valley was the Cribari family vineyard site, before the electronics industry spread to become Silicon Valley in that region broadly. At the time when DCV launched in Sonoma county, there were new problems with viticulture facing urban impacts in places like Cribari's old homestead. I note CVI's current central location is in the Central Valley instead. Still, I would like to compliment your father on his taste.

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